May 06, 2010
NYSERDA Presents Energy Efficiency Award to Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development
NYSERDA Funding Helps Reduce Energy Costs of The Center by $8,400 Per Year
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is presenting today a High Performance Building Plaque to the Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development in recognition of energy efficient measures incorporated into its new Spiritual Development Center in Manhattan that will help cuts its energy costs by 36 percent, or more than $8,400 per year.
The Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development will soon be New York City’s newest green building, pursuing LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating from the U.S. Green Buildings Council. The project was supported by $31,000 of incentives from NYSERDA for a variety of energy-saving advancements, including high efficiency lighting systems, radiant floor heating, high efficiency heat recovery system, and demand controlled ventilation system, among others.
“I commend the leadership and patrons of the Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development for placing energy efficiency and environmental sustainability at the forefront of their new building project,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “NYSERDA looks forward to partnering with more organizations to help them reduce their energy costs while working to achieve the ambitious energy reduction goals set by Governor David Paterson.”
“We are grateful to NYSERDA’s commitment to enable us to incorporate some of the most sophisticated energy-saving systems in our newest Center for Spiritual Development in New York City. We look forward to continuing our relationship with NYSERDA’s knowledgeable team of experts in the field of green technology,” said George Houston, Director, New York Center for Spiritual Development.
The Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development is New York’s 33rd recipient of a High Performance Building Plaque. The plaques are presented to hospitals, libraries, schools, businesses, and organizations that have constructed buildings designed to perform at least 30 percent above the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. The Centers for Spiritual Development is rated at more than 39 percent above code.
As a result of this investment, the Centers for Spiritual Development is anticipated to reduce its electricity consumption by more than 22,757 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the equivalent to the electricity consumed by approximately 4 single family homes per year.
In 2009, nearly $4 million in NYSERDA investments supported 22 construction projects totaling $11.5 million throughout the five boroughs of New York City. These projects encompass more than 6.7 million square feet of space and reduced electricity consumption by approximately 13 million kilowatt hours of electricity; the equivalent of the annual electricity needs of 2,000 single family homes.
NYSERDA’s New Construction program has awarded High Performance Building Plaques to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx) and Battery Park City Sites 3 and 18B (Manhattan), among others. The program’s goal is to effect a permanent transformation in the way buildings are designed and constructed by offering technical support to building design teams and financial incentives to building owners. In addition, the program offers services and incentives to building owners and designers to encourage green building practices, as well as commissioning, peak-load reduction, and energy storage. State and local governments, schools, healthcare facilities, and not-for-profit organizations that pay into the System Benefits Charge are eligible for incentives.
Governor Paterson’s ‘45 by 15’ clean energy policy calls for New York to reduce its electricity consumption by 15 percent through improved energy efficiency and increase the proportion of renewable energy used by New York consumers to 30 percent by the year 2015.
For more information, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov.
Jeffrey Gordon, NYSERDA
518-862-1090 ext. 3544
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